Medical Malpractice Lawyers
Hospitals, nurses and physicians carry the power to do tremendous good, but that also means that their negligence can do great harm. Dunnam & Dunnam lawyers are experienced in Texas medical malpractice claims. When a health-care provider fails to provide the accepted standard of care to a patient, he or she may be guilty of medical malpractice. Waco malpractice attorneys at Dunnam & Dunnam are routinely selected as the top lawyers in Waco. Our Central Texas malpractice attorneys can be contacted at 254-753-6437.
Claims for medical malpractice include: (1) birth injuries; (2) misdiagnosis; (3) drug errors; (4) surgical errors; and (5) negligent treatment.
Texas Medical Malpractice Law
It is important that your lawyer know the complicated Texas medical malpractice law so that he or she can properly advocate for your case.
Statute of limitations
There is a two year statute of limitations on medical negligence claims and the “discovery rule” is limited. It is important that you speak with a lawyer as soon as possible to evaluate your potential medical malpractice clam.
Within 120 days after filing a health care liability claim a plaintiff must serve on each party one or more expert reports, with curriculum vitae, of each expert listed in the report for each physician against whom a liability claim is asserted.
To qualify as an expert witness the expert must be a physician who:
- 1. Is practicing medicine at the time such testimony is given or was practicing medicine at the time the claim arose;
- 2. Has knowledge of accepted standards of medical care for the diagnosis, care, or treatment of the illness, injury, or condition involved in the claim; and
- 3. Is qualified on the basis of training or experience to offer an expert opinion regarding those accepted standard of medical care.
Any person asserting a health care liability claim is required to give written notice of such a claim by certified mail, return receipt requested, to each physician or health care provider against whom the claim is made at least 60 days before the filing of a suit. The notice must be accompanied by the authorization form for release of protected health information.
Texas caps “non-economic” damages in medical malpractice cases. Non-economic damages include compensation for pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, anxiety and stress, and similar more subjective losses caused by the defendant’s malpractice. Economic damages, which cover financial losses like medical bills and lost wages, are not capped.
Consult with a Central Texas medical malpractice lawyer
If you believe that you or a loved one could be a victim of any of the following, you should contact a lawyer. It doesn’t have to be us. But it should be someone.
Common medical malpractice claims involve:
- • Brain injuries
- • Hospital negligence and nursing error
- • Injuries to mothers sustained during labor and delivery
- • Failure to diagnose and properly treat life-threatening conditions
- • Spinal cord injuries due to surgical error or misdiagnosis of tumors or other spinal cord impingement
- • Birth injuries caused by delivery-room error or a doctor’s mistake
The following attorneys at Dunnam & Dunnam are experienced Waco personal injury attorneys:
Carolina G. Truesdale graduated from Texas Tech University School of Law, Cum Laude.Read More
Eleeza's practice areas include: Personal Injury Law, Civil Trial Law, Commercial Law, Family Law and Pharmaceutical Law.Read More
Gerald R. Villarrial has practiced family law, criminal law and civil litigation for over 20 years.Read More
Jim Dunnam is a Board Certified Specialist in both Civil Trial Law and Family Law.Read More
Mason Dunnam is the fourth generation of Dunnam attorneys at the firm since 1925Read More